LSU’s S.T.R.I.P.E.S. Program Earns National Honor
BATON ROUGE – The LSU First Year Experience’s incredibly successful Student Tigers Rallying, Interacting and Promoting Education and Service, or S.T.R.I.P.E.S., program has been honored with bronze recognition from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, or NAPSA, in its Excellence Awards competition.
S.T.R.I.P.E.S. will be entering its 13th year of providing incoming students with an opportunity to connect to campus and the college environment prior to the start of their first semester at LSU. The four-day, three-night program is designed to assist incoming students with their transition to LSU.
“We’re excited and honored that the continued success of the LSU S.T.R.I.P.E.S. program has been recognized at an international level,” said Missy Korduner, assistant director of First Year Experience and advisor for S.T.R.I.P.E.S. “It is a testament to the student staff who work hard to implement the program each year and the participants who experience the support and development that S.T.R.I.P.E.S. provides.”
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. The organization serves a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Founded in 1919, NASPA comprises more than 12,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries and 8 U.S. Territories. The Excellence Award recognizes the contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services and effective administration. It is divided into Gold, Silver and Bronze categories.
Key components of LSU’s S.T.R.I.P.E.S. program include: academic success, college readiness, LSU history and traditions, involvement, leadership development, relationship-building and connection to the vast campus resources. This fall, the program also added S.T.R.I.P.E.S. Student Success Coaches, seven student staff members that work throughout the year to remain connected with program participants. Each success coach is assigned around 90 participants to contact via phone and email on a minimum of a monthly basis. In addition, the coaches assist with planning and executing reunions, academic programs and marketing. The program also implemented a first-year mini-seminar during the first five weeks of the fall semester.
S.T.R.I.P.E.S. is a part of LSU’s First Year Experience, a division of LSU Student Life & Enrollment. First Year Experience is dedicated to helping first-year students make LSU home, by helping them connect with resources and services designed to promote academic and personal success.
For more information on S.T.R.I.P.E.S., visit http://stripes.lsu.edu. For more information on LSU First Year Experience, visit http://fye.lsu.edu, and for more information on LSU Student Life & Enrollment, visit http://www.lsu.edu/studentlife.